Last updated on: 9/27/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“We, as Christian physicians and dentists, believe that human life is a gift from God and is sacred because it bears His image.

The role of the physician is to affirm human life, relieve suffering, and give compassionate, competent care as long as the patient lives. The physician as well as the patient will be held accountable by God, the giver and taker of life.

We oppose active intervention with the intent to produce death for the relief of suffering, economic considerations or convenience of patient, family, or society.

We do not oppose withdrawal or failure to institute artificial means of life support in patients who are clearly and irreversibly deteriorating, in whom death appears imminent beyond reasonable hope of recovery…

While rejecting euthanasia, we encourage the development and use of alternatives to relieve suffering, provide human companionship, and give opportunity for spiritual support and counseling.”

“Euthanasia Ethics Statement,” www.cmda.org (accessed Jan. 15, 2007)

Description:

“The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) are made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.”

“About Our Organization,” www.cmda.org (accessed Sep. 27, 2012)

Mission:

“Christian Medical and Dental Associations exist to glorify God–by motivating, educating and equipping Christian doctors and students:

  • to serve with professional excellence as witnesses of Christ’s love and compassion, and
  • by advancing biblical principles of healthcare within the Church and to our culture.”

“CMDA Mission & Beliefs,” www.cmda.org (accessed Sep. 27, 2012)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
  2. Do Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Violate the Hippocratic Oath?
  3. What Is Passive Euthanasia?
  4. What Is Medical Futility?